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Additional Exhibition Opportunities

Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) is far from the only regional venue to exhibit the work of contemporary artists – visit this page often to learn about additional exhibition opportunities in the surrounding areas.

Exhibitions are organized by the month in which they open, but application deadlines are highlighted in bold.

Listings will update as MMoA staff members hear about new information! If you know of any calls to artists you wish to share, please reach out to Assistant Curator Amelia Onorato at aonorato@mysticmuseumofart.org / 860.536.7601 x 212

For opportunities on a national (rather than regional) scale, the following websites are wonderful resources:

  • SIDE ARTS is an online portal for artists seeking exhibition opportunities. Artists may subscribe to receive email updates
  • Professional Artist Magazine: often updates with links to exhibition opportunities both with and without fees

March 2023

Mystic Visitor Center: Art of Mystic
Spring – Fall 2023
Downtown Mystic

Rolling Entry throughout 2023

Last year The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) opened the Visitor Center in the heart of Downtown Mystic with a focus on the Mystic River Bascule Bridge Anniversary. Reopening February 27th, the GMCC is seeking original artwork from local artists residing in Mystic, Stonington, and Groton, with a focus on the subject of Mystic. Each artist may submit up to two pieces of art, with a size limitation of 24 inches. Artwork must be for sale, and GMCC will retain a 35% commission on any works sold.

If you are interested in submitting images, please download and fill out the linked form and speak with Bruce Flax at the Mystic Chamber office.

Entry Fee: Free!

Fourth Annual Spring Juried Art Exhibition
James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2023

Open to all mediums. All painting and drawing, media, sculpture, graphics, photography, ceramic, textiles, wood or metal work, and mixed media. *Works should generally not exceed 72 inches in any dimension or weigh more than 150 pounds. Works must be framed or otherwise ready for hanging/installation. Any sculpture or 3D pieces that require a pedestal must be included in entry and available for use should the piece be accepted.

Entry Fees: $12.00 per entry or 3 for $30.00, limit 6 entries per artist
Juror: Holland “Ruthie” Tredwell, Founder & Executive Director of Emerge Foundation for Contemporary Art

Call for Art: Hand Me Down
April 20 – May 20, 2023
Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Entry Deadline: March 5, 2023

Gallery 263 invites artists based in the United States to submit to “Hand Me Down,” an exhibition that explores how artists document and enlist inherited or cultural materials and objects in their artwork.  All visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time-based) will be considered.

Entry Fees:  $25 for 1–3 submissions; $40 for 4–6.
Juror: LaiSun Keane, owner of LaiSun Keane Gallery

Laura Ziegler Scholarship for Sculpture
National Sculpture Society, NYC

Deadline: March 6, 2023

The Laura Ziegler Scholarship is for an emerging sculptor. No age limit. Applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number. The scholarship covers most of the expenses associated with attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Power and Strength
March 24 – May 6, 2023
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbrook, CT

Entry Deadline: March 10, 2023

Spectrum Art Gallery is looking for images and compositions in all mediums, including photography, that express either or both of these qualities.

Manayunk Arts Festival 2023
June 24 & 25, 2023
Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: March 10, 2023

The Manayunk Development Corporation (Manayunk.com) is pleased to announce the 34th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival. This year, we invite you to join us at the tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts and crafts festival. We look forward to celebrating more than three decades of presenting an eclectic variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country. Nearly 150,000 collectors, buyers, and designers will fill historic Main Street Manayunk over two days for this event.

Entry Fee: $30

The Coolidge Corner Arts Festival  
June 3, 2023
Brookline, MA

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

80 juried exhibitors will be selected featuring exceptional work in 2-D and 3-D art, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, wearables, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, paper, photography, wood and mixed media.

Entry Fee: $15; Booth Fee: $180

The Crossing: A Juried Exhibition
March 25 – April 22, 2023
Hygienic Art, New London, CT

Receiving: March 16 & 17 noon-7pm

Calling All Artists! The Crossing: A Juried Exhibition is open to all artists and mediums. Hygienic Art hopes to receive artists’ best and most recent work.

It is also an opportunity for new artists from across other bridges and geographical barriers to get involved with Hygienic Art and downtown New London. Works must not exceed 60″ in any direction, suitably ready for hanging and sculpture no more than 50lbs.

Entry Fees: $15 for one piece, $25 for two, $30 for three
Juror: Charles Reyburn

New Haven Paint and Clay Club Annual Juried Exhibit
May 8 – May 27, 2023
Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

Entry Deadline: March 18, 2023

The New Haven Paint and Clay Club announce their 122nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, an annual event that highlights the art of regional artists. All media and styles are acceptable, including photography and digital art, except video and ai generated work.  No wet work will be accepted.  All art must be original; no class work, reproductions or giclees.

Entry Fees: Members: $20 for first submission and $10 for each additional submission.  Non-members:  $30 for first submission and $10 for each additional submission.
Juror: Robert Burns, Director of the Mattatuck Museum

Light and Shadow: Spring Exhibition
March 31 – April 16, 2023
StoveFactory Gallery/Artists’ Group of Charlestown, Boston, MA

Entry Deadline: March 21, 2023

Light and Shadow: Bringing Artwork To Life focuses on the behavior of light on subject matter, its shadow, and how this relationship renders depth, dimension and drama as a result.

All media, 2D (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography), 3D (Sculpture, Ceramics), and Fiber Arts, are eligible. Any form of representation (realism, abstraction, and everything in between) are eligible. Artists may enter up to 4 pieces.

Entry Fees: Members: $30; Non-members: $45

Still Lifes
April 22–May 13, 2023
Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

Entry Deadline: March 25, 2023

In the 19th and early 20th century, Rockville, CT was home of the renowned still life artist, Charles Ethan Porter. Porter not only studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York City, he was one of the first Black artists to exhibit there. He was the only Black artist at the turn of the century who painted still lifes. His work can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, as well as several private collections.

This Still Lifes Exhibit is to celebrate the legacy of the style and showcase artists who are working in the style of still lifes today. Open to artists 18 years and older working in acrylic, pastels, oil, watercolor, charcoal, and colored pencil. Subjects can vary from traditional still life or memento mori composition (flowers, fruit, timepieces, etc.) to more contemporary or surreal compositions.

Academic Artists Association 73rd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism
May 21-June 18, 2023
Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2023

Open to all living U.S. artists. Any original representational art in the categories of Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Graphics, Pastels and Sculpture will be considered – Casein and Egg Tempera will be judged with Acrylics.

Entry Fees: $5 for members, $45 for non-members
Juror: Del-Bourree Bach

April 2023

Words Matter: Found, Created or Imagined a Call for Entries
June 15 – July 14, 2023
RI Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023

Words Matter… an important concept, but lost on many, especially in this digital age, where lies spread faster than truth and sermons delineating the difference between Facts and Truth are all the rage. Words last long after people who spoke them have faded away… motivational, stifling, humorous or ironic the addition or inclusion of words can change how we view an image, or how we view the world.

The RI Center for Photographic Arts is looking for entries for an exhibition to explore the power of words, the power to change how we view the world or how we view a photograph. Words Matter is open to street photography, conceptual work and everything in-between with words found, created or imagined.  

Entry Fee: $35

Art In the Orchard 2023 – The 7th Biennial
August 1 – November 22, 2023
Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023

Art In the Orchard (AIO) is seeking sculptures and installations for its 7th biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptures will be installed along a walking trail that meanders around a working orchard. The setting offers exhibitors some wide open spaces for large scale works and some intimate settings for others. Trees are often used to hang mobiles.

This year AIO is looking for sculptures that resonate with their public; such as those containing elements of whimsical, absurd, and surreal and those that elicit emotional responses. Works created just for this setting are appreciated by the jury as are site-specific installations and kinetic works. Nothing is off the table and we stand ready to work with the artists to move, create and install great concepts.

Hudson Valley Art Association 90th Annual Juried Exhibition
June 23 – August 10, 2023
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2023

In the spirit of the Hudson River School of art tradition, the HVAA Annual Exhibition jurors are looking for submissions which are original representational images that display aesthetic appeal and technical skill.

6x6x2023 – The International Small Art Phenomenon
May 12 – July 23, 2023
Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Rochester, NY

Walk in Entry Submission: April 8, 2023
Mail in Submission Deadline: April 11, 2023

Each summer Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) 6×6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each artist may enter up to four artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through the end of the exhibition. Limit four artworks per school or school group (no limit for colleges).

Coast to Coast, National Exhibit
May 15 – June 10, 2023
Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA

Entry Deadline: April 16, 2023

Check the Cape Cod Art Center website for more information.

August 1-19, 2023
Bowery Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2023

The Bowery Gallery, whose exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Sun, The New Republic, and Art in America, is looking for two-dimensional media including painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media, not to exceed 36″ in height or width. Sculpture, photography and digital art not eligible for this exhibition.

Entry Fee: $35
Juror: David Cohen

May 2023

Nature Celebrates: The Early Summer Show
May 19 – July 8, 2023
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbrook, CT

Receiving: May 7 – 11, 2023

Finally, Summer has arrived.  We welcome it and so does Nature.  Trees leaf out, flowers bloom, grass grows.  The Gallery is looking for images and scenes that celebrate Summer’s arrival both interior and exterior compositions. Let’s turn the gallery into a Summer delight!

Summer Sculpture Showcase
June 10 – October 28, 2023
Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme, CT

Application Deadline: May 19, 2023

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is a vibrant community environment dedicated to arts education and appreciation on the Connecticut shoreline. This 9th annual Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established artists to exhibit their work in an interactive location, while also effectively creating a dynamic exhibition within the expansive Sculpture Gardens where discovery is limitless. This call for entry invites artists to submit up to four outdoor sculptural works, as well as proposals for site-specific/ecological installations.

The Sculpture Grounds is seeking small and large-scale outdoor works including site- specific/architectural/ecological installations, figurative and representational sculpture. All artworks must be suited for an outdoor environment. No indoor artwork will be accepted.

Entry Fee: Free

June 2023

2023 Outdoor Summer Arts Festival in Essex, CT
June 17 & 18, 2023
Essex Town Green, Essex CT

Entry Deadline: June 3, 2023

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery announce a Call for Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters for the 2023 Essex Town Green Outdoor Summer Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay.

Participation Fee: $90

July 2023

Imaginary Worlds
July 21 – September 9, 2023
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbrook, CT

Receiving Dates: July 9-13, 2023

It’s the height of Summer so let your imagination go wild.  Gallery is looking for images and scenes in all mediums including photography that explore and express only what we can dream of.  Have fun with one!

September 2023

Falling into Fall
September 22 – November 4, 2023
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbrook, CT

Receiving Dates: September 10-14, 2023

Spectrum Gallery welcomes images and scenes in all mediums that celebrate the coming of fall as we say a nostalgic good-bye to Summer.